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  1. Comment on Tell me about your favourite place in ~talk

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    I guess Sintra, though it's overrun with tourists these days (in non-pandemic conditions). I lived nearby yes.

    I guess Sintra, though it's overrun with tourists these days (in non-pandemic conditions). I lived nearby yes.

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  2. Comment on Repeatedly clicking the first link on Wikipedia ends up at "Philosophy" 97% of the time in ~humanities

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    I remember learning about this from the alt text of this relevant xkcd.

    I remember learning about this from the alt text of this relevant xkcd.

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  3. Comment on Does the Internet feel American centric to you? in ~talk

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    I've never considered Belgium! I've been there just once, as a kid (Bruges), but I barely remember it. I had that experience of meeting interesting people much more easily in London. Harder...

    I've never considered Belgium! I've been there just once, as a kid (Bruges), but I barely remember it. I had that experience of meeting interesting people much more easily in London. Harder post-brexit though!

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  4. Comment on Does the Internet feel American centric to you? in ~talk

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    Americans correcting other people's spelling and grammar? The irony! I see a lot of americans online who can't spell their own language to save their lives (Tildes is pretty good but not...

    Americans correcting other people's spelling and grammar? The irony!

    I see a lot of americans online who can't spell their own language to save their lives (Tildes is pretty good but not representative of the general state of affairs). I've always suspected that the culture of rejecting corrections from other people does american people no favours in this regard. People get irrationally offended!

    Someone runs a bot who replies to language mistakes in portuguese from Portugal speaking subreddits with corrections, and people in general seem to appreciate the service (usually they will edit their original comment to correct the issue). This helps people learn to spell and speak better. But I seem to recall someone attempting something similar for english comments and the hate was immeasurable. People even made bots to reply to the corrections bot chastising it.

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  5. Comment on Does the Internet feel American centric to you? in ~talk

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    I see myself in this paragraph and I don't like it... As a more general comment, language is one hell of a barrier. There are some countries where more people speak better english, and those...

    This separation has actually been a problem

    I see myself in this paragraph and I don't like it...

    As a more general comment, language is one hell of a barrier. There are some countries where more people speak better english, and those countries are more clearly part of the "english language internet" (which is definitely american centric). For example, if you frequent english language websites and participate in english speaking communities, it's easy and common to encounter dutch participants. But other countries are more locked in their own language bubble and it's much more rare to meet people from those countries. Those people are still online - they have "their" internet, the internet you can touch if you speak their language. Those other internets feel much less american-centric to me (if at all).

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  6. Comment on File not found: A generation that grew up with Google is forcing professors to rethink their lesson plans in ~comp

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    I think your answer is the closest here. This is purely an education issue. Filesystems use directories; whether gen Z likes it or not, they exist in their phones, their routers and their smart...

    I think your answer is the closest here. This is purely an education issue. Filesystems use directories; whether gen Z likes it or not, they exist in their phones, their routers and their smart TVs. If gen Z actually needs to engage with them and no one is teaching them the concept, well, they should be. Saying "Oh, well, nothing we can do about it! It's a sign of the times!" seems lazy on the part of the educators. And it shouldn't be the astrophysics teachers teaching this sort of thing; of course they don't know how to explain OS concepts; it's not their area. In my opinion it's a glaring flaw in high school curricula.

    I had extracurricular training like yours in college but it was for GNU and bash. One of the most useful classes I ever had.

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  8. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    I think the second game does an OK job of explaining things that happened before through references to the first game and the VR game (including that summary video at the beginning), but it is a...

    I think the second game does an OK job of explaining things that happened before through references to the first game and the VR game (including that summary video at the beginning), but it is a direct sequel and was very much made with fans in mind. So much that Double Fine streamed themselves playing the first game in the weeks leading up to the release and sent backers a series of refresher e-mails.

    That said, the story isn't so complex that you'd be confused or anything. It's more that the first game is just fun.

    Note: I did not play through the VR game myself; They were aware most people wouldn't have played it so I think they made it less of a necessity.

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  9. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Yes? The first game only had two significant issues (for some people at least). The controls and camera angles could cause some difficulty at certain points for some people (I think these have...

    Maybe that was a mistake? (If so, do tell.)

    Yes?

    The first game only had two significant issues (for some people at least). The controls and camera angles could cause some difficulty at certain points for some people (I think these have been patched since I played though), and it starts a bit slow with a couple of tutorial minds (as Raz learns the first of the powers that he has at the start of 2).

    Still the same mind blowing concepts, level design, humor and dialogue though. In some ways I'd say it's better than 2.

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  10. Comment on Where did the trend of disabling Javascript in one's browser originate from? in ~comp

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    ublock origin has a button for disabling javascript on the current host. If a website is abusing javascript you can revoke its javascript privileges in two clicks, without having to install any...

    ublock origin has a button for disabling javascript on the current host. If a website is abusing javascript you can revoke its javascript privileges in two clicks, without having to install any additional tools.

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  11. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    Science Saru was founded by Masaaki Yuasa (my favorite anime director!) He retired from leading it though (last I heard). I don't have access to Heiki Monogatari yet but looking forward to it.

    Science Saru was founded by Masaaki Yuasa (my favorite anime director!) He retired from leading it though (last I heard).

    I don't have access to Heiki Monogatari yet but looking forward to it.

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  12. Comment on I'm miserable in ~talk

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    Disclaimer: Advice colored by own experience. If you don't want to do what you're currenly doing and if it only makes you miserable have you considered making some drastic changes to your life? I...

    Disclaimer: Advice colored by own experience.

    If you don't want to do what you're currenly doing and if it only makes you miserable have you considered making some drastic changes to your life? I don't mean not eating junk food.

    1. I know there's an immense pressure on all of us to believe that the college track is the only way you can live your life, but think that maybe you don't have to do that. You're young and there are many things you haven't tried. And it might seem like you have wasted a few years but that's just the sunk cost fallacy talking. Experience is more important than a degree anyway. You can do so much. Learn a trade. Become a farmer. Write. Compete. It doesn't matter. Even if you don't want to do anything else, select something you don't immediately hate and give it a try. Even if you don't want to do it for the rest of your life, I would strongly recommend setting your studies aside and getting a job for a while.

    2. Move, if you haven't. I don't mean to a different town. Travel. Go to a different country. Go to a different culture. Get away from the environment that gets you down. Work elsewhere, learn a new language, meet different people. Do volunteer work. If you haven't done this yet, don't immediately discard the idea based on your assumptions of what it might be like or what difficulties might arise. Just give it a try.

    If you want to check out you might as well experience other things, right? What do you have to lose?

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  13. Comment on Simon plays The Witness in ~games

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    Is there any rhyme or reason to when these happen? I haven't been able to catch these live yet, or found a schedule anywhere.

    Is there any rhyme or reason to when these happen? I haven't been able to catch these live yet, or found a schedule anywhere.

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  14. Comment on What's the coronavirus like where you are? in ~health.coronavirus

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    Although there are slight differences in the numbers being reported depending on the source, it would appear that Portugal has reached around 85% of the population with the first dose and 75% of...

    Although there are slight differences in the numbers being reported depending on the source, it would appear that Portugal has reached around 85% of the population with the first dose and 75% of the population fully vaccinated (the official health ministry website displays a considerably lower number for the "second dose" statistic but I am assuming Jansen vaccine takers, which only has one dose, aren't counted here). Most of the remaining population without the first dose are too young and can't be vaccinated at all, with a tiny slice being refusals (antivaxers or just lazy/scared I guess). We're the most vaccinated in Europe right now (AFAIK) and one of the most vaccinated in the world.

    Despite the high virulence of the delta variant and the influx of summer tourists both from abroad and flowing between different parts of the country, our weekly amount of new cases has been sloooowly decreasing since July. It's a struggle but I'm happy we're doing well for now. Not sure how the situation will ultimately evolve during the colder months, since there will be a bigger strain on people's immune systems but also waaay less tourism.

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  15. Comment on Valve argues anti-Steam suit lacks “the most basic elements” of antitrust case in ~games

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    I'm a big fan and customer of GOG (65 owned games) but I also like Steam. Steam is a benevolent player in the market, not a malevolent one. They release open devices and platforms, invest in VR,...

    I'm a big fan and customer of GOG (65 owned games) but I also like Steam. Steam is a benevolent player in the market, not a malevolent one. They release open devices and platforms, invest in VR, support Linux, and allow "essentially DRM-free" games on their platform should the developer choose it. I've had better customer support from them (in Europe) than from GOG. I feel like they're on my side.

    I want Humble Bundle and other competitors to remain viable, and I'm all for more exposition and better margins for developers, but I have a hard time imagine another market leader would be as well behaved.

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  16. Comment on How has the pandemic changed you? in ~talk

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    I had started this effort on myself on February 2020. Not great timing on my part. Feels like the oportunity has passed now.

    I had started this effort on myself on February 2020. Not great timing on my part. Feels like the oportunity has passed now.

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  17. Comment on Tobacco firm Philip Morris calls for ban on cigarettes within decade in ~news

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    They've been pushing IQOS for years. Still addictive but without the (other) drawbacks. They're well positioned for when/if cigarettes are banned.

    They've been pushing IQOS for years. Still addictive but without the (other) drawbacks. They're well positioned for when/if cigarettes are banned.

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  18. Comment on Being healthy in ~health

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    I do most of what you do and I find it's OK for me to snack regularly (and I do) if I make up for it by cutting down on carbs in meals and exercising regularly. Disclaimer, though, don't snack on...

    I do most of what you do and I find it's OK for me to snack regularly (and I do) if I make up for it by cutting down on carbs in meals and exercising regularly. Disclaimer, though, don't snack on garbage. Peanuts > doritos.

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  19. Comment on The one thing I wish someone had told me about physical activity in ~talk

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    Yeah, I'll never be a top player but it definitely keeps me fit and I never get bored of it. I have some rules for it - I try to play levels that challenge me, but are not so impossible that they...

    Yeah, I'll never be a top player but it definitely keeps me fit and I never get bored of it. I have some rules for it - I try to play levels that challenge me, but are not so impossible that they get frustrating (unfortunately no Camellia, or levels that throw notes at your face or notes hidden behind other notes that you have to memorize, or levels with long stretches of repetitive motions that can cause physical injuries). I almost never retry a level and I never do any training or practice mode runs. My session includes some additional exercises to compensate for the muscles BS moves less often (legs, core, stretches).

    To answer your questions, normally I cycle through the songs within batches of levels in my library from oldest to newest over the course of multiple sessions (for maximum variety!) Pick the difficulty as stated in the paragraph above, which is usually Expert or Expert+. Drop to an easier set of songs if I need a break or am not feeling in top shape.
    I'm not a streamer in the usual sense of the word, but I do stream myself on twitch (pteraspidomorphi) so I can rewatch later if I'm looking for the reason why I messed something up, and so one or two friends can join me on occasion and chat while I'm playing; levels requested by friends or passing strangers, if they don't suck, get naturally incorporated into the cycle and I'll hit them again once I reach the end and go back to the top of the library. There are usually one or two vods so you can go check that out if you want to see which songs I played in the last couple of weeks.

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  20. Comment on The one thing I wish someone had told me about physical activity in ~talk

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    Turns out my sport is Beat Saber. In the past I did swimming, tennis and judo, as well as regular weightlifting at the gym. Never truly got into any of that.

    Turns out my sport is Beat Saber. In the past I did swimming, tennis and judo, as well as regular weightlifting at the gym. Never truly got into any of that.

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